Andropogon 'Blackhawks'

'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem

 

Big Bluestem are perfect for providing height and color to the garden, coming into prime a little earlier than other ornamental grasses. The foliage of 'Blackhawks' emerges deep green to dark purple in spring and deepens to near black by fall.

 

Exposure:  Full Sun

Blooms:  Late Summer

Height:  60"

Spacing:  24"

Zones:  3-8

Tags:  sun, easy to grow, drought tolerant, native.


Calamogrostis 'Karl Foerster'

Feather Reed Grass

 

This popular ornamental grass is often used for screening or as a backdrop for the border.  It forms a narrow, upright clump of deep green leaves topped with wheat-like seed heads early in the season.  Tolerates heavy clay soil. 

 

Exposure:  Full Sun

Blooms:  Late Spring

Height:  60"

Spacing:  24"

Zones:  4-8

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, easy to grow


Festuca 'Blue Whiskers'

'Blue Whiskers' Fescue

 

When it comes to ornamental grasses, Blue Fescue has long been a popular choice due to its diminutive size and interesting texture. Compared to classic variety ‘Elijah Blue’, ‘Blue Whiskers’ is a taller, more vigorous variety, with longer leaves and a brighter blue foliage color. The finely textured, bright silvery blue leaves form a fully rounded, robust clump with consistent flower coverage across the habit. Yellow-green flowers appear above the clump on 18-22” scapes in early summer and age to tan as the season progresses.

 

Exposure:  Full - Part Sun

Blooms:  Early - Mid Summer

Height:  10-12"

Spacing:  24-28"

Zones:  4-8

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, easy to grow, drought tolerant.


Miscanthus sinensis 'Bandwidth'

'Bandwidth' Miscanthus

 

The new gold (banded) standard in dwarf Miscanthus. This compact Maiden Grass has green foliage with pronounced yellow banding. The habit is solidly upright like 'Strictus', but stands half the height. Bandwidth flowers so late in the season it rarely ever sets seed. Try this grass as an accent in the landscape or a thriller in containers.

 

Exposure:  Full - Part Sun

Blooms:  n/a

Height:  30-36"

Spacing:  30-36"

Zones:  5-9

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, easy to grow.


Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland'

'Dixieland' Miscanthus

 

A dwarf form of 'Variegatus' with very similar green and white variegated foliage but a shorter, more compact growth habit. This selection should not need staking like its taller cousin. It provides a strong white element to the landscape which is especially pronounced when planted in front of larger shrubs or evergreens. The silky pink plumes which appear in late summer are very showy. A good choice for containers.

 

Exposure:  Full - Part Sun

Blooms:  Late Summer

Height:  48-60"

Spacing:  36"

Zones:  5-9

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, easy to grow.


Muhlenbergia reverchonii Undaunted®

'Undaunted® Muhly Grass

 

A warm season grass of exceptionally fine texture. Narrow green foliage creates a rounded, arching habit. In early fall sprays of rosy pink flowers spread over the plant. UNDAUNTED® is notable against previous cultivars for being more cold hardy and having a deeper shade of flower color.

 

Exposure:  Full Sun

Blooms:  Early Fall

Height:  30"

Spacing:  40-48"

Zones:  5-9

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, easy to grow, drought tolerant.


Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Niger'

'Niger' Black Mondo Grass

 

Looking much like a black Liriope, Black Mondo Grass is a compact, densely growing, clump forming, evergreen, grass-like plant.  When grown in full sun in the north, the foliage emerges purplish-green and then turns nearly jet black.  It has a softly arching habit.  From early through midsummer, short spikes of light purple to white flowers (much like those of Liriope) are produced, followed by purplish black berries in the fall.  Black Mondo Grass adds dramatic flair to combination containers but can also be grown en masse as a low groundcover. 

 

Exposure:  Full - Part Sun

Blooms:  Early - Mid Summer

Height:  6-8"

Spacing:  12"

Zones:  5-9

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, rabbit resistant, easy to grow.


Schizachyrium scoparium 'Twilight Zone'

'Twilight Zone' Little Bluestem

 

We are excited to bring you this Schizachyrium because it was a total standout in our trials. Though native Schizachyriums typically color up in fall, ‘Twilight Zone’ possesses a nearly iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over the whole plant beginning in midsummer. It retains these eerily beautiful tones through fall when brighter purple highlights appear on the flower stems. The attractive foliage forms a strictly upright, narrowly columnar clump that is about half as wide as it is tall.

 

Exposure:  Full Sun

Blooms:  Mid Fall

Height:  48-54"

Spacing:  24"

Zones:  3-9

Tags:  sun, deer resistant, easy to grow, drought tolerant, native.


 

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